A Mankato lawmaker is putting the finishing touches on a bill he’s tried to push through since 2016, which would increase the pay for home caregivers. KTOE’s Annette Weston has more in this report:

Mankato D.F.L. State Representative Jack Considine.

A Mankato lawmaker is putting the finishing touches on a bill he’s tried to push through since 2016, which would increase the pay for home caregivers.

DFL Representative Jack Considine is seeking to increase the wages of home health aides who work with the elderly and disabled to $14 an hour. Right now they make about $12 an hour on average.

Considine said there is a shortage of such caregivers, who can often make more money working elsewhere, and he also believes the wage increase will also positively impact the rural economy.

A report from the American Network of Community Options and Resources put Minnesota 21st among all 50 states in providing services to people with intellectual or physical disabilities.